A Concierge's Guide to New York City for the Holidays
By Charlie Loor Chief Concierge, Hotel Chandler | December 08, 2013
While travelers dream of white sand beaches and warm locales during the cold winter months, you may be surprised at how many from around the world make the trek to New York City. More at the end of the year, in fact, than any other time: September through December is the busiest travel season for the world's most visited city.
People seek out Santa at Macy's, the famed Rockefeller Center tree, and designer holiday shopping, but what many guests to New York don't realize is how much there is to do aside from the "typical tourist" activities, and especially the best way to navigate the city when millions of visitors take on the streets.
Enter: the hotel concierge. There are do's and don't to Manhattan travel any time of year, but especially when tourism is at its peak, and concierges are a trusted resource who can help even the first-timer learn the ropes of the Big Apple. A native New Yorker, nothing gives me more pride than my role as a concierge, creating a memorable experience for Hotel Chandler's guests.
I relish finding new spots to recommend, meals to taste, music to hear, and experiences to be had. I became a concierge to help guests have a "true" New York experience. With my roots here and knowing the city inside and out, I want people - couples, families, business travelers - to walk away with a positive experience.
With that, I've culled years of living and working here to create tips for getting by in the big city: do's and don'ts, can't miss attractions, and under the radar places to eat, shop and see.
Do's and Don'ts
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